Kottayam district

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Kottayam District is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala, India. Though the district is 157 km south to Kunnamkulam, the center of Kerala. It is located in an area with biggest diameter and population. It is the only district having no border with either the Western Ghats or Arabian Sea. The Kerala government and Central govt both agreed to built an airport near Sabarimala. Cheruvally Estate in Erumeli may be the site. Given it is a plain plateau with strong soil, Aviation ministry estimated that the airport could be completed in just six months. The district has its headquarters at Kottayam town, located at 9.36° N and 76.17° E. Pala or Kidangoor may be the center point of district. Rubber Board campus located in Puthuppally with head office in Kottayam town is the only central govt organization in the district. Kottayam is known as city of three 'L's - Literacy, Lakes and Latex. Kottayam is the first town to achieve 100% literacy rate in India. On 27 September 2008, Kottayam district also became the first tobacco free districts in India.[1][2]

Kottayam City is also known as Akshara Nagari (City of Letters) and Chuvar Chitra Nagari (City of Mural).

Bordered by hills on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam has many unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, rubber plantations and places associated with many legends gives Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. The district is 15.35% urbanised.[3]

The headquarters of 2 significant religious communities in Kerala are located in Kottayam District: Nair Service Society and Indian Orthodox Church

Demographics[change | change source]

According to the 2011 census Kottayam district has a population of 1,979,384,[4] roughly equal to the nation of Slovenia[5] or the US state of New Mexico.[6] This gives it a ranking of 234th in India (out of a total of 640).[4] The district has a population density of 896 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,320/sq mi).[4] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–11 was 1.32%.[4] Kottayam has a sex ratio of 1040 females for every 1000 males,[4] and a literacy rate of 97.21, the highest in the state and 4th highest in India.

As per the 2001 Indian Census, population in Kottayam included Hindus (49.32%), Christians (44.60%) and Muslims (5.97%).

References[change | change source]

  1. Kottayam to be declared as tobacco free district soon Yahoo! India
  2. Kottayam district to be declared tobacco-free Archived 2008-09-30 at the Wayback Machine The Hindu
  3. "Census GIS India". Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2012. Urban statistics of the district
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  5. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Slovenia 2,000,092 July 2011 est.
  6. "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011. New Mexico - 2,059,179

Other websites[change | change source]

Best tourism places in Kottayam